Talent Pool winner named
Wiltshire-based British Army soldier Neil Gaff has been crowned champion of this year’s Talent Pool shooting competition.
The annual event, organised by Southdown Shooting School in Findon, Sussex, aims to find one talented shooter each year to be mentored and fully trained to compete at the British Open English Sporting.
Applicants attend a series of selection days, interviews and shoot-offs in pursuit of a year-long prize fund, which includes the loan of a new Zoli Z-sport shotgun, 12 one-toone professional coaching sessions, membership of both Southdown Shooting School and the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA), 5,000 NSI cartridges, branded clothing, entry fees and travel expenses.
This year’s winner, CPSA C-class shooter Mr Gaff, is relatively new to the sport. He will be personally mentored by the school’s head coach Simon Arbuckle.
Mr Gaff said: “In my younger days I shot a little bit of game with my father, but after I joined the military and moved down south this stopped. I took up clay pigeon shooting 11 months ago.
“When I first started shooting I saw the footage of last year’s event and set this as my end-of-year goal. I’m currently practising around two times per week and shoot one or two registered competitions each weekend. I can’t get my head around winning; to reach my own goal after only a year is simply awesome. It has not really sunk in that it’s all happening.”
CPSA C-class shooter Neil Gaff is this year’s Talent Pool winner